Rating: 5 out of 5
A LITTLE BOOK FOR NEW THEOLOGIANS by Kelly M. Kapic is a great biblical introduction for any theologian. Kapic defines theology as “an active response to the revelation of God in Jesus Christ, whereby the believer, in the power of the Holy Spirit, subordinate to the testimonies of the prophets and apostles as recorded in the Scriptures and in communion with the saints, wrestles with and rests in the mysteries of God, his work and his world.” By defining theology and expounding upon it in this way throughout the book, it is clear that all believers in Christ are meant to be theologians. We all do theology because we all think about God. Theology is very relevant to our lives.
The book is separated into two parts. In the first part Kapic covers why anyone should study theology. There’s some great discussion about knowing and enjoying God and theology as a pilgrimage.
The second part of the book covers the characteristics of faithful theology and theologians. The highlight of this section was the chapter on doing theology as part of a community. This means allowing voices of past theologians to speak into our study, as well as being a part of the body of Christ and learning from other believers in their theological pursuit.
The book is titled A LITTLE BOOK FOR NEW THEOLOGIANS, but it’s a great book for all believers whether they’re just jumping into their study of who God is, or if they’ve been following Jesus for several years. It’s a short book, but it’s packed full of wisdom that will lead to a humble pursuit of knowing God.
I received this book for free for review from Intervarsity Press, and the opinions contained in this review are completely my own